What’s on in London Friday 23 March

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Whats on in London on Fri 23rd March

See what events are on in London on Friday 23 March 2012.

Jls at O2 Arena, London
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JLS — at the O2 Arena

to O2 Arena JLS originally shot to fame during the X-Factor before becoming one of Britain's most successful boy bands. Now they have announced a brand new "4th Dimension" arena tour for March and April 2012, taking in three nights at the O2 Arena.
 at Natural History Museum, London
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Dino Snores — Sleep over at the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum Have you ever seen the movie "Night At The Museum"? Well... now's your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends, with the towering bones of Diplodocus nearby. Activities include a torch-lit tour of the famous galleries, and a live show called "Revenge of the Minibeasts".
 
Sound Of Music at Prince Charles Cinema, London
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Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music

Prince Charles Cinema Join Maria, the nuns, the dashing Captain and his gaggle of singing kids in Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a Julie Andrews inspired frenzy, and fancy dress is encouraged. There's even a competition for the best-dressed nun/nazi/Von Trapp kid!
Kings Speech at Wyndham’s Theatre, London
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The King’s Speech

to Wyndham’s Theatre Now an Oscar-winning movie, "The King's Speech" tells the story of Bertie, aka the Duke Of York, who becomes King George VI upon his brother's enforced abdication. While the country lumbers towards World War II the king struggles to overcome a speech impediment which threatens his broadcast to the nation. See the theatre show Kings Speech on Friday 23rd Mar 2012, at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London.
 
 at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Lang Lang, playing the Beethoven Concerto Cycle

to Royal Albert Hall World reknowned pianist Lang Lang will be performing the first complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle in London, alongside conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Michael Mcintyre at Leicester Square Theatre, London
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Michael McIntyre — Work In Progress

Leicester Square Theatre Michael McIntyre is one of the biggest names in comedy, and his witty commentary on everyday life has made him a huge star. You can catch him when he plays a "work in progress" show at the Leicester Square Theatre.
 
Duchess Of Malfi at Old Vic, London
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“The Duchess of Malfi”, at the Old Vic

to Old Vic The Old Vic will be putting on a production of John Webster's Jacobean tragedy "The Duchess of Malfi", which tells the black and bloody story of the recently widowed Duchess, struggling to retain her dignity in the face of death.
Ideal Home Show at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, London
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Ideal Home Show 2012

to Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre The Ideal Home Show is now into its 104th year. The exhibition includes everything you ever wanted to know about refitting your home. There will be more than 800 exhibitors on display with goods for you to try and buy, and celebrity speakers will be one hand to give their tips.
 at National Gallery, London
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Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude

to National Gallery J W Turner was a huge admirer of the Italian artist Claude's landscapes. Two of Turner's most famous paintings were even left to the gallery on the proviso that they were hung between two of his pictures. This exhibition will showcase some other closely related works and includes oils, watercolours and sketchbooks.
Sweeney Todd at Adelphi Theatre, London
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“Sweeney Todd” — with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

to Adelphi Theatre Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton will be starring in Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd", which tells the tale of Sweeney Todd's return to London after years of imprisonment. His quest for retribution takes in the local pie-shop owner, who's meaty recipes aid him in avenging the wrongs done to him and his family.
 
Being Shakespeare at Trafalgar Studios, London
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Simon Callow in “Being Shakespeare”

to Trafalgar Studios Back by popular demand, Simon Callow will be reprising his celebration of the world's most famous playwright in "Being Shakespeare". This magnificent one-man show brings to life the Bard by interweaving his most popular plays into a "greatest hits" whole, populating it with his most loved and most reviled characters. The theatre play Being Shakespeare will be showing at the Trafalgar Studios in London on Fri 23rd March.
Moon On A Rainbow Shawl at Dorfman Theatre, London
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“Moon on a Rainbow Shawl”, at the National Theatre

to Dorfman Theatre Old Mack's noisy yard in Trinidad is a cacophony of calypso beats and hymn tunes, where neighbours drink, fight and pass judgment, all whilst trying to build a better life. But Ephraim is determined, and nothing is going to stop him escaping his dead-end job for a nw life in England -- not even the beautiful Rosa.
 
 at Buckingham Palace, London
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Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace

to Buckingham Palace Strolling down The Mall to Buckingham Palace and watching the "Changing of the Guard" is one of the must-do events in everyone's itinerary. The new set of guards arrive on the forecourt accompanied by a military band, which they take part in a ceremonial handing over of the keys.
 at National Gallery, London
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Titian’s “Diana and Callisto”

to National Gallery This special exhibition celebrates the National Gallery's acquisition of Titian's "Diana and Callisto". Its companion painting "Diana and Actaeon" was purchased in 2009, and the pair have now been reunited in Room 1. "Diana and Callisto" shows the moment when Diana banishes Callisto after revealing her pregnancy.
 
Leisure Society at Trafalgar Studios, London
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“The Leisure Society”, at Trafalgar Studios

to Trafalgar Studios "The Leisure Society" is a fantastically offensive comedy with absolutely no moral compass. When a well-heeled couple invite their friend over for dinner, intending to dump him, they are surprised to find that he turns up with a stunning new beau in tow. The dinner party then descends into a drunken row of revelation and debauchery.
 at Tate Modern, London
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Alighiero Boetti exhibition — Tate Modern

to Tate Modern Alighiero Boetti was one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th-century. As a key member of the Arte Povera group he sought radical new ways to use simple materials like stamps, pens and magazine covers. Later on he travelled to places like Ethiopia and Afghanistan and created some wonderful embroideries.
 
 at Hayward Gallery, London
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Jeremy Deller: Joy In People

to Hayward Gallery As a former Turner Prize winner, Jeremy Deller has become hugely influential in the world of contemporary art. This exhibition will survey the breadth of his career, and provide an overview of his work so far. It will feature almost all of his major works, including his installations, photographs, videos, posters and banners.
All New People at Duke of York’s Theatre, London
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All New People

to Duke of York’s Theatre "All New People" tells the story of Charlie, who has retreated to Long Beach Island for the winter. With his life in a rut, his little hideaway escape plan is ruined a motley parade of misfits who turn up and darken the mood. What will a fireman, a beauty queen, and a Brit estate agent do cooped up in a beach house? You can catch the popular theatre show All New People at the Duke of York’s Theatre on Fri 23rd March.
 
 at Courtauld Gallery, London
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Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel

to Courtauld Gallery The Courtauld Gallery is putting on a special exhibition which follows the friendship that developed between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson -- two of the leading forces of abstract art. Using major paintings and reliefs by both artists, its explores the parallel paths that Mondrian and Nicholson charted during the 1930s in their Hampstead studios.
 at Tate Britain, London
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“Picasso and Britain” exhibition

to Tate Britain "Picasso and Britain" will explore the artist's lifelong connections with this country. The exhibition will consist of 150 works charting Picasso's rise in Britain, tracing the ways in which his work was exhibited and collected here during his lifetime. It will also examine the artist's impact on 20th-century modernism.
 
Hay Fever at Noël Coward Theatre, London
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Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever”

to Noël Coward Theatre "Hay Fever" is set in the country house of Judith Bliss - a recently retired star of the London stage. When members of the Bliss family start inviting a guest to stay the weekend, none of them tell the others that they're inviting someone over... The comedy of bad manners star stars Lindsay Duncan.
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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Lucian Freud’s Portraits

to National Portrait Gallery This major new exhibition will focus on Lucian Freud's portraits -- a central theme throughout his career. It will be divided into broad themes from particular periods. For example, paintings of Freud's lovers, close friends and family will be used to demonstrate the psychological drama and intensity of his work.
 
 at Tate Modern, London
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Yayoi Kusama exhibition

to Tate Modern Yayoi Kusama is probably best-known for her repeating dot patterns. Since 1977 this intriguing artist has spent much of her life living in a psychiatric institution, and her work has been touched by obsession and a desire to escape from psychological trauma.
Recruiting Officer at Donmar Warehouse, London
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“The Recruiting Officer” — Donmar Warehouse

to Donmar Warehouse "The Recruiting Officer" is an exploration of love, lustiness and victory -- in battle and in the bedroom. Captain Plume is given the job of recuiting men for the King's army, and tempts them with the promise of money, glory and adventure. But he's also determined to win the heart of Sylvia -- a wealthy heiress who can afford to put him to the test.
 
 at British Museum, London
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See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum

to British Museum The British Museum will be hosting a small exhibition showcasing all the medals that can be won at the London Olympics. Also on show will be medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics. The display will tell the complete story of the medals from start to finish, from the mining of the metal to the creation of the designs, to the final casting at the Royal Mint.
 at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton

to V&A Cecil Beaton photographed The Queen as she went from being a princess to a monarch and a mother. This exhibition will feature nearly 100 of his best portraits. Also included are extracts from Beaton's own letters and diaries, which will reveal the intense planning and working practice of a royal sitting.
 
 at Hayward Gallery, London
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David Shrigley: Brain Activity

to Hayward Gallery David Shrigley is best known for his witty and wry observations on everyday life. He uses a deliberately crude graphic style alongside an insightful commentary on the absurdities of human relationships. This exhibition will be his first major show in London.
 at Cartoon Museum, London
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“Her Maj” — 60 years of portraits of the Queen in cartoons

to Cartoon Museum The Cartoon Museum will be marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a special exhibition of portraits drawn during the last 60 years. Some are affectionate, some are teasing, and some are totally unflattering, but their combined might showcase how her image has changed down the decades, and explores how the monarch's image was taboo in cartoons even as late as the 1950s.
 
 at Tate Britain, London
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“Migrations” exhibition — Tate Britain

to Tate Britain Cutting through 500 years of history, the exhibition will include works by Lely, Kneller, Mondrian, Bomberg and more. It was also explore the 16th and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish artists who came over in search of new patrons for their landscape and still-life work.
Absent Friends at Harold Pinter Theatre, London
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“Absent Friends” at the Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre Alan Ayckbourn's classic black comedy "Absent Friends" will be one tea party that you'll never forget... When Colin loses his fiancée, his friends invite him round for a bit of cheering up. But when they start to pour the tea trouble bubbles up in the form of a wickedly funny blend of jealousy, infidelity and barely hidden hatred. Maybe it isn't just Colin that needs the help? See the theatre show Absent Friends on Friday 23rd Mar 2012, at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.
 
 at British Museum, London
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Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam

to British Museum Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and every muslim must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least one time in their lives. This major new exhibition will chart the history of this journey, exploring how pilgrims have tackled it through the centuries.
She Stoops To Conquer at Olivier Theatre, London
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“She Stoops to Conquer”, at the National Theatre

to Olivier Theatre "She Stoops To Conquer" tells the story of Hardcastle, who's trying to introduce his eligable daughter to his old friend's son. But his son is crippled with shyness when it comes to wooing the upper classes, and he is tricked into thinking his prospective father-in-law is an old innkeeper, and his daughter is a barmaid.
 
Master Class at Vaudeville Theatre, London
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Tyne Daly in “Master Class” — about Maria Callas

to Vaudeville Theatre "Master Class" tells the story of iconic opera singer Maria Callas. Tyne Daley (of "Cagney and Lacey" fame) takes the role of the legendary diva, whose turbulent love life and fiery temperament led to much self-sacrifice and heartache. Master Class will be in London on Friday March 23rd, during its run at the Vaudeville Theatre.
 at Royal Academy of Arts, London
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David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

to Royal Academy of Arts This major new exhibition by David Hockney will span fifty years of his career, picking out the pieces which demonstrate Hockney's fascination with the depiction of landscape. The exhibition will also include some of his iPad drawings, and a series of films which were shot on 18 cameras.
 
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 at Science Museum, London
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Stephen Hawking: A 70th birthday celebration

Science Museum The Science Museum will be celebrating Professor Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday with a small exhibition of objects and papers from his own archives. There will also be some specially recorded audio by Professor Hawking himself, and some photographs that span his life and career, many of them previously unseen.
 at Natural History Museum, London
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Captain Scott’s Antartic Expedition

to Natural History Museum Captain Robert Scott's expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913 was one of the most famous expedition's of all-time. This extraordinary exhibition commemorates the centenary by collecting together artefacts used by his team, alongside a life-size representation of Scott's base-camp, which still survives in Antarctica.
 
Midnight Tango at Aldwych Theatre, London
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“Midnight Tango”, at the Aldwych Theatre

to Aldwych Theatre "Midnight Tango" was created by Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace -- the same people who have been dazzling us with their sensual tango routines on TV's "Strictly Come Dancing". The show is set in downtown Buenos Aires and will take you on a journey through this intoxicating city.
Madness Of George Iii at Apollo Theatre, London
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The Madness of George III

to Apollo Theatre Alan Bennett's play "The Madness of George III" is best-known as an award-winning film starring Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren. It charts the true story of George III's mental health problems brought on by porphyria, which led to bouts of insanity. Madness Of George Iii will be playing at the Apollo Theatre in London on Friday 23rd Mar.
 
 at Museum of London, London
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“Dickens and London” exhibition, at the Museum of London

to Museum of London The Museum of London will be marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth by putting on a major new exhibition, taking you on a journey through Victorian London to discover the city that inspired his writings. Paintings, photographs and the original manuscripts of 'Bleak House' and 'David Copperfield' will bring to life the author's world.
Ladykillers at Gielgud Theatre, London
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“The Ladykillers”, at the Gielgud Theatre

to Gielgud Theatre The classic Ealing comedy "The Ladykillers" is coming to the stage in a brand new adaption by Graham Linehan. Posing as a group of amateur musicians, a cunning gang of thieves rent a room in fiesty old Mrs Wilberforce's house. Can she defeat the five big, burly men before they do the dastardly deed?
 
 at Saatchi Gallery, London
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Gesamtkunstwerk: New art from Germany

to Saatchi Gallery The Saatchi Gallery is hosting an exhibition of new art from Germany called "Gesamtkunstwerk". It will include pieces by Dirk Bell, Matti Braun, Andre Butzer, Max Frisinger, Thomas Helbig, Volker Hueller, Thomas Kiesewetter, Josephine Meckseper, Kirstine Roepstorff, Julian Rosefeldt, Markus Selg and Thomas Zipp.
Comedy Of Errors at Olivier Theatre, London
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Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” — starring Lenny Henry

to Olivier Theatre In this version of William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors", the staging will be moved to a contemporary setting. In this witty merry-go-round of mistaken identity, much mayhem ensues when two sets of estranged twins find themselves wandering through the streets of the same town.
 
 
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